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The Preponderance of Dresses







So the new Barneys, NY ad has new arrivals for fall.


This is most interesting for the preponderance of dresses.


Almost 3/4 of the styles show are skirts, dresses, long dresses or not pants.


For many decades we’ve seen the dominance of pants and that trend is now turning.


Dresses are in.


If you don’t have one in your closet now,  you’re behind.


If you don’t have more than one in your closet by fall, then you’re way behind.


As you can see, it doesn’t have to be one certain kind…..


a skirt…


a dress…


a maxi-dress…


a long skirt…


a top and a skirt.


It doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s not pants.


It’s not that pants are not allowed.


It’s that there’s more than pants.


And most likely you have more pants than skirts/dresses in your closet, and that’s what you need to change.



One of the exciting aspects of being a sewists, is that you can pick up on the trends and wear them faster and better made than anything that is offered.


What to do something different, yet something you’ll wear and use?….A dress or skirt is your answer!





  1. Happily we are the masters of our own wardrobe universes. Pants will remain the majority in my wardrobe. Dresses (of any sort) will not be present. I am happy with that choice and don’t really care if I am behind or way behind. 🙂

    • We ARE masters of our own closet, which is wonderful, but you can do tunics and tops that have a dress look (silhouette) that can give the same feel as a dress. It’s the more feminine silhouette that’s making a resurgence and often you can do that with pants and a tunic or pants and a jacket. It is a whole new way of thinking.

  2. Haha. Then it seems that I’m on trend for once. Dresses and skirts dominate my wardrobe at present. It’s not that I don’t like pants, I just don’t have any that fits anymore. I never cared much for trends though, even when I was in the fashion industry. I just wanted clothes that fit me and are flattering to my shape. Then, and now. 🙂

  3. I’m with you LindaC! No dresses in my closet either, and there hasn’t been for years.

  4. I am working on building a wardrobe that includes classic dresses. The question I have is – I am interested in sewing one with Ponte, but the local chain store’s limited stock has a shine to it. Is this typical? I’m not real fan of shiny clothes. 🙂 If it does -what would be another option? You know the sewing can fail with the wrong choice of cloth and so I am being really picky.

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